Quick-Cooking Oats

Category: Breakfast Recipes

Sometimes basic is better. At breakfast, that can certainly be the case. These easy oatmeal recipes teach you the basic methods so you get creamy, tender oats every time. The flavorings and toppings are up to you.


  • 1 cup water or low-fat milk

  • Pinch of salt

  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats (see Tip)

  • 1 ounce low-fat milk for serving

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey, cane sugar or brown sugar for serving

  • Pinch of cinnamon



  1. Stovetop: Combine water (or milk) and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Microwave: Combine water (or milk), salt and oats in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir before serving.

  3. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as milk, sweetener, cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts.